My dad, who has a degree in education and works as a career counselor at a local college, will not properly use bold, italics, or underlining when writing email messages. Instead, he INSISTS on CAPITALIZING certain words for EMPHASIS throughout his WHOLE MESSAGE.
Parents, teachers, bosses, and the general old people population are terrible with technology.
"It's a virus attack!"
It's 2001 and I'm teaching my grandmother how to use the Internet on my father's office computer, of which he is almost the exclusive user. We both sit down and I turn the screen on. In the center of the screen there is a small system notice stating that the computer could not be turned off because the CD tray was left open. Behind this small notice, spread across the screen in a fan of obscenity, are the most graphic late nineties porn pop-up ads I think I had ever seen. I was frozen in the horror of observing the same gang bang photo as my grandmother, known to attend mass thrice weekly. She however shakily raised a finger to point at a closeup shot of DP and asked me what that was. Thinking quickly I yelled, "It's a virus attack!" and yanked the power strip from the wall. My grandmother bought it, but refused to try to use a computer for another 6 month. My father downloaded a pop-up blocker from the Internet which only served to give him more pop-ups, which judging by how he had spread them across the screen, might have actually been his understanding of what Internet pornography was.
AJ K |
My girlfriend was creating a report and created a different word document for each section. When she realized that she needed to include page numbers, instead of combining them into one document she proceeded to print out 96 pages with only the page numbers on them. Then, insert the pages back into the printer and print each document on top of them.
I work at a furniture store, and sometimes I'm asked to ride shotgun on one of the delivery trucks. The driver is in his 50's and a bit eccentric. Each truck has a flip-open cell phone to communicate with the store, and this driver is often worried he's missed a call. But instead of looking for the little envelope icon to indicate a missed message, he insists on opening the... Read More » phone and starting to dial a number just so he can listen for the "message waiting" beep. Or better yet, often he will call the store to see if they called us, just in case.
My dad has had an iPhone for quite some time now. No matter how many times that I tell him otherwise, he thinks he can only use safari on it if he turns his personal hotspot on. He also thinks that turning it on will somehow boost his signal. He even has my stepmom log into his hotspot to use the Internet even though she too has an iPhone and hey have a shared data plan.
Ian Ostby |
So I'm teaching my mom how to use email on her computer. So she's sitting in the desk chair and I'm standing over her shoulder. I say, "Ok, so turn on the computer". She goes, "Hold on." She then stands up, goes to get pencil and paper and proceeds to write down "Turn computer on". I say, "You did not just write that, did you?"
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